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BILL CRAWFORD — Freddy Joe should not pay taxes until Donny Joe does

It’s time for Mississippi taxpayers to stand up to tax dodgers.   It’s time to revolt against the State’s unfair and discriminatory behavior in the collection of taxes on retail sales. You see, Mississippi law requires residents to pay taxes on all retail sales, except those specifically exempt. But, the State’s arbitrary and selective enforcement of tax collections provides a ...

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Do-not-call complaints spike with addition of cellphones

By JACK WEATHERLY The addition of cellphones to Mississippi’s do-not-call list has led to a disproportionate jump in complaints about unsolicited phone calls, according to the Public Service Commission. Complaints in the commission’s Southern District have more than doubled since cellular calls were allowed on the do-not-call list starting on July 1, said Daniel Ford, spokesman for the district. Before ...

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MDOT: Legislature needs to act quickly on budget to avoid extra costs

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Department of Transportation will not have to suspend contracts, costing taxpayers “tens of millions of dollars,” if the Legislature passes a budget for the agency early in the planned June 5 special session. MDOT officials originally had said that if no budget was approved for the agency by May 15 that they ...

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Lottery members say task is to gather facts

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Only one House member on the committee Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, formed to study the lottery, voted during the 2017 legislative session in favor of an amendment trying to enact the lottery. In addition, when announcing members of the committee earlier this month, Gunn said, “The purpose of the study group is to gather ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Are state leaders ready for big cuts in federal funds?

Topnotch finance experts assess risks and plan for downturns as diligently as they evaluate and promote upside opportunities.    Mississippi’s economy has become more reliant than ever on federal funds. Should President Donald Trump and conservative leaders succeed in their plans to slash federal spending, the risks to our state economy would be substantial, if we aren’t ready. So, do our ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Who cares about health care in Mississippi?

Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking,” read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual ‘America’s Health Rankings’ released by the United Health Foundation,” continued the story. “As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor ...

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Lottery? Local gas tax? New proposals to fund roads, bridges

Mississippi officials are rolling out new ideas for pay for roads and bridges. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says a lottery is one possibility, while House leaders are proposing a local fuel tax, subject to approval by voters in cities or counties. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Bryant said Thursday that he might ask legislators to ...

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State thus far has not benefited from ‘Trump effect’

  By JACK WEATHERLY In the short view, the outlook for the Mississippi economy has improved nicely. The economy for 2017 is projected by the Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center (URC) to expand by 1.9 percent over 2016, up 0.4 percentage points from the last previous estimate. But the expansion is far below the 2.6 percent growth for ...

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Credit rater warns on Mississippi, citing economy and taxes

Another credit rating agency is warning that the financial outlook for Mississippi government finances is weakening. Standard & Poor’s Financial Services on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for state government credit rating to negative from stable. S&P didn’t actually cut Mississippi’s debt ratings, but warned that it could later, saying it expects a budget squeeze to continue because of slow economic ...

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Analysis: Annual report dives deep into Mississippi finances

The new Mississippi Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has a chart that shows who is in charge of state government. The top of the chart on page 9? Not the governor, or legislators, or judges. It is the citizens of Mississippi. That means that the 170-page document is a report of how elected officials, state agency directors and government employees are ...

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